11. 07. 2019 14:09
President Zuzana Čaputová voiced concerns about the worsening situation regarding the protection of human rights in China at her meeting with Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday.
The president is concerned about the arrests of lawyers and human rights activists as well as the standing of ethnic and religious minorities in China. She also expressed hope that progress would be made in the human rights dialogue between the EU and China. Earlier this week, more than 20 countries wrote to top United Nations human rights officials condemning China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in the western Xinjiang region. Slovakia is not among the signatories.
At her meeting with the Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister, Zuzana Čaputová on the other hand praised China's support for global efforts to fight the climate crisis and concurred with him that this is one of the most important challenges faced by humankind.
The Slovak Foreign minister Miroslav Lajčák also held talks with Wang Yi on Wednesday. According to Lajčák, Slovakia has an interest in deepening trade and economic cooperation with China and increasing Slovak exports to the Asian country. In this context, Lajčák also praised the recent inking of a protocol on exports of Slovak milk and dairy products to China, adding that Bratislava is interested in holding talks on the exports of other food products. Moreover, the two ministers confirmed their interest in fomenting closer ties in education and culture.